Four mountain resort. For an Alpine holiday without snow
Four addresses where to book for the holiday week. So charming and comfortable to make you forget the worries downhill. If by chance it does not snow outside
You can choose from the chalet, the rooms and suites with private Jacuzzi on the terrace, whose views, near the top of the Olympic ski jump, sweeps seamlessly to the valley floor. And again, you can book a table at Comptoir contemporary brasserie, with DJ sets nightly, or a place at the bar only, up to 50 persons, the Koori new restaurant, opened this winter: Japanese cuisine under the supervision of executive chef Luc Lefrançois and pastry chef Eve Moncorger, lit by two large chandeliers created for the Olympic Games of Barcelona 1992. In any case, do not worry. The Apogée Courchevel, one of the new revenue exclusive Oetkercollection that includes, among others, Fregate Island in the Seychelles, the Bristol in Paris, the Lanesborough in London, the hotel is chic, directly on the slopes of Courchevel, the station winter in the ski area of Les Trois Vallées – 600 km of slopes linked by 172 lifts.
The authors are the architects and designers India Mahadavi Joseph Dirand, one maximalist, the other minimalism. Together, instead of replicating the architecture typical mountain chalet, they have created a house similar to those found in Switzerland or Tyrol: masonry, almost an urban building that is part mountain. The sounds are calm and soft lights. The materials – pine, wool, velvet – very enveloping.
The Apogée Courchevel, Courchevel, France, oetkercollection.com, from 950 € per room with half board.
When you get to the fourth generation in a family that has made a passion, it is natural to take to put a touch of chili more. The X factor, for Alex and Claudia Meister, owners with the family of IRMA of Merano, the hotel opened over 90 years ago, it is a unique project for South Tyrol: a hotel on the plateau of Hafling, at 1,400 meters, above the town chosen by Sissi and daughters to spend the winter. A resort of chalets and tree houses, supported by stilts, in the forests of fir and larch, set around a natural lake with invigorating whirlpool. To get there, a private road. A dense forest. And it will see the clubhouse with the spaces available to all: the bars, the restaurants, the wine cellar for wine tasting and cheese, the cinema, the magnificent indoor heated swimming pool by the vision of a crackling fireplace.
The chalets, 26 in all, were built with wooden planks cut and worked according to the phases of the moon, because they retain the properties of resilience, lined with reclaimed wood and untreated, with larch shingles on roofs. For the interior, furniture, handicrafts, organic flax, loden jackets and handmade mattresses. There are private saunas and fireplaces in each of the houses. In the kitchen of the restaurant, Arturo Spicocchi, for years chef at the Hotel La Perla in Corvara. Use organic vegetables and fruits from the garden. And so will the spa.
San Luis Private Retreat Hotel & Lodges, Hafling, from € 188 per person per day, half board with afternoon snack, minimum 3 nights.
Tourism it had arrived in the second half of the nineteenth century. In diligence. San Vigilio, at 1,193 meters, in Val Marebbe, had a rococo church, a Gothic tower, ancient farms and an Art Nouveau hotel, in 1903, with turrets and pinnacles that seemed a fairy tale, the first in the valley, to acquire electric energy. The Nature Park Fanes Senes Braies, since then, breathe intact: 25,680 hectares of spectacular mountain scenery, lakes and extensive plateaus of high altitude that extend well beyond the tree line, unique for karst phenomena, cracks, pits and sinkholes. With its alpine meadows and stony, the Park is a paradise: no facilities and shelters are also open in winter, accessible coming from San Vigilio, through the small valley of Tamers. And this is where, in very light offshore, lies down in the woods the Tamersc Mountain Lodge, an old hunting lodge renovated a few years ago, today’s holiday chalet with living room and kitchen downstairs, the upstairs rooms, and a small outbuilding with a room for two.
The internal decline of local wood in minimal forms. In winter, the wood burning in modern parlor designed study EM2 Brunico. The exterior instead belong to deer, chamois, roe deer and ibex. At the nearby cross-country track and the highlands enchanted, perfect for walking in silence.
Tamersc Mountain Lodge, San Vigilio, from € 2,400 per week for up to 6 people.
Flaine is a project of the visionary and geophysical Erico Boissonnas lady who, with the Swiss architect Gérard Chervaz, in the 60 commissioned a ski resort from scratch, under the banner of “snowy urban landscape” to Marcel Breuer, the designer Bauhaus who had signed drawings at the Whitney Museum in New York and the Palais de l’UNESCO in Paris. The ski resort of Flaine, free of motor vehicles, at an altitude between 1,600 and 2,500 meters, in the area of the Grand Massif, in Haute Savoie, just over an hour from Geneva, with views of Mont Blanc , it is the place where they were installed the first snow cannons in Europe. Even the ski resort with the Tête de Femme (pictured below), the large sculpture by Picasso, gave beyond its popular museum in the open air. From December 18, in front of the totem of the Spanish artist, it opened the Terminal Neige, the newest member of the successful portfolio Maisons et Hotels Sibuet on tradition revisited in luxury. Even here, a three-star next generation: interior vintage inspired aesthetic craftsmanship of American Indians, urban spirit combined with the latest technology, housed in functionalist architecture. Chestnut and other uncoated materials, combined with cement, dominate the 96 rooms, decorated with mural inspired graphic work of a local street artist. Guests also bar, restaurant and the Pure Altitude Spa with treatments based on essences and minerals mountain.
Terminal Neige, Flaine, France, from € 180 double with breakfast.